Theatrical Rock and Meat Loaf

Marvin Lee Aday passed away. He was 74. But if you’ve never known him as Marvin Lee Aday, you would certainly know him by his stage name. Meat Loaf. For Meat Loaf was one of the strongeset purveyors of bombastic theatrical rock, a musical genre that encompassed big, stirring lyrics, explosive melodies, and movement changes…

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The lineup for the 2021 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train “At Home” online concert is…

So even though I can’t photograph the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train this year, thanks to COVID-19 still active (thanks a pantload, all you navel-gazing anti-vaxxers), there is still a concert scheduled that will raise money for food banks and community pantries throughout North America. So instead of happily freezing my fingers off, taking photos of…

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Winnie-the-Pooh BEFORE Winnie the Pooh.

Clarification. What we know today as the beloved character Winnie the Pooh in all the Walt Disney movies and TV shows was actually the main character in a series of children’s books, including The House at Pooh Corner and Now We Are Six, written by A.A. Milne. The character of Winnie-the-Pooh was based on his…

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That Beach Boys mondegreen can get mon-de-violent.

Kurt Busiek is a very famous comic book artist. You might know him from books like Astro City and Arrowsmith; he’s one of the people that created the legendary Thunderbolts comic series (which, by the way, why aren’t the Thunderbolts in the MCU yet?). I say this, because one day, he quoted the lyrics from…

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Let’s record an album in quarantine.

I have been a fan of the rock band Dragon for nearly 40 years. It all started when a Melbourne, Australia-based friend shipped me a cassette of their then-current hit “Rain,” along with some of their earlier tracks. A few years alter, I was blessed to interview several of the band members for a Goldmine…

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Wait, there’s an ANTI-Blotto record out there?

I am a big fan of the Albany-based rock band Blotto. Have been, always will be. I still have a couple of autographed discs from them in my personal holdings, and I still argue that “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard” should have been a nationwide hit. And by “nationwide,” I needed to hear Casey Kasem…

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I see your sea shanty and I raise you a Danceteria.

Apparently the big kick on social media right now is a sea shanty called “Wellerman,” a song about a New Zealand whaling vessel. Of late, the song has received newfound appreciation as performers like Nathan Evans have turned this song into a TikTok sensation. Now, of course, with all the “Bernie Sanders and his Mittens”…

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Did a 1979 song predict the 9/11 tragedy?

At one time, there were people who swore that Paul McCartney had died in a car crash, and that the distraught Beatles hired a look-alike, William Campbell, to replace McCartney on their records. But oh, they couldn’t keep this a secret from their most trusted fans, so they sprinkled clues throughout their album covers and…

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Wait, Johnny Rotten was doing what – and he got bit by a WHAT on his WHERE???

Once upon a time, there was a man named John Lydon. For a short period in the 1970’s, he was the lead singer of the seminal punk band the Sex Pistols, operating under the nom de plume of Johnny Rotten. You might know their hits, “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the U.K.” The…

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Wait, now I get a new Goanna LP? Did I die and go to heaven??

Last Friday, I blogged about a brand new single from the Oz rock band Midnight Oil, a song called “Gadigal Land” that is a real ass-kicker of a track. Today, I found out that another of my favorite 80’s Oz rock bands – the folk-rock collective Goanna – has a new release as well. Goanna’s…

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